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When the Jamestown City Council voted in favor of a new contract with the Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association, it was safe to say that binding arbitration was the proverbial elephant in the room. For some council members - including council Read More

Albany, NY – A poll by the Siena Research Institute released Tuesday shows a growing number of New Yorkers believe the state is headed in the wrong direction. Siena pollster Steven Greenberg says two-thirds of the voters they surveyed rate the s Read More

Lower Hudson Valley taxpayers will shell out millions of dollars in salaries this year for public sector retirees who continue to collect state pensions despite taking new government and education jobs. The double dippers include a Westchester sch Read More

The federal stimulus package has been hailed as this generation's New Deal, a program that will 'save or create' 3.5 million jobs nationwide. But New York's share of the money will largely go toward plugging gaping holes in the state and city budgets Read More

No matter how much money the federal stimulus plan funnels to New York, politicians in Albany will face a hole in the state budget that will exceed $10 billion. Many of them believe they can fill the gap with higher taxes, especially on those they la Read More

The Pittsford center entrance colonial has a formal two-story foyer, a den that could double as a bedroom, and a first-floor laundry - that's an essential according to realtor Heather Affronti.   Affronti is a 21-year veteran of the Roches Read More

President Obama said that his move on Wednesday to impose a salary cap of $500,000 for top executives at companies that receive the largest amounts of federal bailout money was “basic common sense.” The Treasury Department said the new set of gui Read More

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